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mingtocat octocat

Mingtocat, an emperor in the Ming Dynasty of China

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Mingtocat is a designed octocat with clothing of emperors in the Ming Dynasty, and what we saw above is one of the informal uniforms. As an open-source, Mingtocat is allowed to download in any picture format: SVG | PNG | GIF, but business using must be refused. What the purpose of designing is to make the history of Chinese clothing known by more people all over the world.

According to some study, the clothing shown above arose during the later stage of the Ming. In this stage, the colour of the clothing was not only set as yellow, what we normally see. Not only the colour but also the usage of the dermatoglyphic pattern (紋樣) has changed into various. This clothing has been designed based on the artefacts drawn in the picture, named "Ru Bi (入跸圖)". The whole clothing has been divided into five parts: the crown, the robe (袍), the inside clothing (中衣), the belt (帶), and the boots.

The Crown

There were two "ears" on the crown, and they were called "the Wing of WuSha (烏沙翼)". In the later stage of the Ming Dynasty, the shape this pair of the wing, has become more and more round. Besides, there were some gold pieces of jewellery on the crown, with a meaning of "Double dragons were playing with the same peal".

The Robe

Besides yellow, purple robe was usually used in an informal occasion. At the shoulder, there were two seals, which were respectively represented for the Sun (日) with red colour in the left side and the Moon (月) with a white colour in the right side. A pattern with four encircling dragons (團龍), which was always four, sometimes eight or twelve, were embroidered (繡於) at the middle position and two sleeves. How elegant they were. Notice that the white parts of the inside clothing would be shown a little outside the sleeves named "Chen Bai (襯擺)".

The Inside Clothing

The collar of the inside clothing was usually dressed into a cross like the character Y, which was usually decorated with red or yellow colour.

The Belt

The belt was mainly designed with jades, and its colour was usually red or yellow. In China, this belt was called "Dai Ting (帶鞓)".

The Boots

The boots would always be black boots named "Zao Boots (皂靴)".


[1] 《Q版大明衣冠图志》,董进(撷芳主人),2014

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